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Zell am See Ski Area

zell am see ski area

The skiing is almost as big as the resort's reputation - it's become a favourite because of the spectacular views from the mountain onto the lake and the raucous nightlife in the busy town below. The Schmittenhöhe is certainly an interesting ski area with a good range of runs, but the neighbouring resort of Kaprun adds another medium-sized ski area and the attraction of snowsure skiing on the glacier.

Ski Area

Cable Cars: 5
Chairlifts: 10
Draglifts: 11

snow report

Snow report date: 20/12/14

Last Snow Valley Mountain Lifts Open Forecast
16.12.14 0cm 15cm 11 of 27 cloudy

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Zell am See's skiing can be accessed from a number of lifts, but the most convenient point for many people is likely to be the CityXpress gondola, which, as its name suggests, leaves from the centre of the town.

The lift takes skiers to an open area with an easy draglift for beginners and a mountain restaurant. The Hirschkogel chair can be taken further up the hill to link in with the Schüttdorf side or to head on up to the top of the hill. The City Express also offers access to the Schmittenhöhe cable car via a slow and flat blue run or a speedier but harder black run.

The Schüttdorf side has lengthy intermediate runs down to the village and the higher slopes can be accessed again by the different stages of the Areit gondola.

For those unfamiliar with the area, the summit of the Schmittenhöhe can seem like an unattainable goal from this side. The answer to finding the way to the top is to take the traverse to the lifts at the back of the peak, or alternatively to head down to the bottom of the cable car, since none of the lifts on the left-hand side rise high enough to reach the summit.

If heading down to the base of the Schmittenhöhebahn, care should be taken as the easiest access is via various black runs. They are often well-groomed but can be extremely icy in bad conditions.

The top of the cable car boasts an outside bar and restaurant. along with a nearby chapel, which is regularly used as a romantic setting for wedding vows.

The Sonnkogel side offers a variety of intermediate runs and can be a little less crowded than the main slopes across the valley. The run to the base of the Schmittenhöhe is another black and the centre of the town can be reached again along a lengthy blue path.

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  • Zell am See Aerial View
  • Schmittenhöhe Skiing
  • Schmittenhöhe
  • Zell am See Skiing
 

additional ski resources

Ski Lifts

Schmittenhöhebahn, Zell am SeeSchmittenhöhebahn
A-5700 Zell am See
Tel: 06542 7890
Website: www.schmitten.at (D, E)
This is the website of the Zell am See lift company and includes information about lift times, ticket prices and special packages, as well as details of the runs and weather conditions.

Ski Schools

All Mountain Skischule, Zell am SeeAllMountain Skischule
Schlossplatz 2a
A-5700 Zell am See
Tel: 0664 7875713
Website: www.allmountain-skischule.com (D, E)
This ski school run by Werner Schuh concentrates on small groups and individual instruction, as well as freeride or off-piste excursions.
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Sport Alpin Ski School, Zell am SeeOutdo
Schmittenstrasse 8
A-5700 Zell am See
Tel: 06542 70165
Website: www.outdo.at (D, E)
Outdo is a small ski school which offers private or group ski and snowboard instruction for both children and adults.
Sport Alpin Ski School, Zell am SeeSki & Snowboard School Sport Alpin
Alfred Kubinstrasse 2a
A-5700 Zell am See
Tel: 06542 550731
Website: www.sport-alpin.at (D, E)
The Sport Alpin ski school has three offices in the Zell am See area: one at the bottom of the Schmitten area; one at the bottom of the CityXpress gondola in the centre of the resort; and one in Schüttdorf.
Zell am See Ski SchoolSki & Snowboard School Zell am See
Karl-Vogt-Strasse 41
A-5700 Zell am See
Tel: 06542 56020
Website: ski-zellamsee.at (D, E)
The Zell am See ski school has three locations at the lake level: the Areit lift in Schüttdorf, the CityXpress in the centre of the town and the Schmittenhöhe, as well as an office up the mountain at the top of the Areit 3 lift.
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Zell am See Snowboard AcademySnowboard Academy Zell am See
Anton Wallner Strasse 5
A-5700 Zell am See
Tel: 0664 8369137
Website: www.fot.at (D, E)
The specialist snowboard school offers private and group instruction as well as freestyle and freeride groups.

similar ski resorts

Sport2000The type and scope of skiing in the Zell am See area is most similar to the following resorts:

More Information Alpbach (for the skiing and picturesque location)
More Information Sölden (for the size of the main ski area and the nearby glacier)
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